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Social Work & Social Policy (UOA20)

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The University’s Institute of Health and Centre for Research in Health and Society focuses on having positive societal impacts, aims to inform policy, and is underpinned by a shared vision of alleviating social and health inequalities. Drawing on a legacy of allied health research at St Martins College in Lancaster (1964-2007), the university’s research excellence includes health and social sciences alongside distinct areas grounded in its teaching and research in allied health professions and medical sciences. 

Our research represents three overarching research areas.

Research Areas

Applied Health (Themes: Digital Health, Medical Imaging)

Applied Social Science (Themes: Healthy Relationships, Trauma, Society, Culture and Behaviour)

Health and Society Knowledge Exchange (Research and Evaluation Commissions)


4% of our research outputs are ‘world leading’ (4*) and 18% are ‘internationally excellent’ (3*)

50% of our research impact is ‘internationally excellent’ (3*)

12.5% of our research environment is ‘internationally excellent’ (3*)

Impact Case Studies

Underpinned by the university’s strategic intent to “contribute to the social, cultural and economic well-being and prosperity of our communities”, our research ensures that impact is integral. We have worked with NHS Trust’s on implementation of telehealth initiatives; housing providers on measuring impact on young people; the College of Radiographers on readiness and resilience in graduate radiographers; and the Northern Cancer Alliance on improved diagnosis and awareness raising.

Two ‘impact case studies’ were submitted to REF2021, with details below.

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Professor Alison Marshall and Dr Elaine Bidmead have undertaken research leading to adoption of remote medicine (telehealth) and improved patient access to specialist services.

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Impact Case Study 1

Our Staff Continued

Vicki Goodwin - Development Manager & Business Lead for HASCE Carlisle          Dr Julie Taylor, PhD - Principal Lecturer
Professor Alison Marshall, PhD - Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship   Nicolette Policek - Associate Professor
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Centre for Research in Health and Society

The Institute of Health is home to the Centre for Research in Health and Society (CRiHS); a multidisciplinary research centre that looks to transform lives locally, nationally and globally. 

CRiHS aims to discover solutions to issues that impact health and social equality, supporting everyone's equal right to thrive in life. To do this, they work with health experts, groups, and communities to develop practical, applicable solutions. 

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